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Does Knowledge Imply Belief or Acceptance?

L. JONATHAN COHEN

in An Essay on Belief and Acceptance

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198236047
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679179 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.003.0004
Does Knowledge Imply Belief or Acceptance?

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While a scientific approach can be adopted to look into the laws of nature for attempting to obtain knowledge in a sense that such knowledge entails the acceptance of a particular idea. There is another theory, on the other hand, which entails the belief of a particular idea with respect to a set of given experimental data. These varied concepts of knowledge attempt to resolve the conflict regarding the nature of the guarantee a person must possess so that it may indeed be declared that this person has knowledge of the notion. Holism, in this case, may be better related to acceptance, and the loss of belief is not to be associated with scepticism. This chapter looks into whether belief and acceptance affect the expansion of scientific knowledge.

Keywords: belief; acceptance; skepticism; scientific knowledge; knowledge; holism

Chapter.  19820 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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